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False Pregnancy Condition Fools Would-Be Parents and Doctors

False Pregnancy Condition Fools Would-Be Parents and Doctors

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More often, cases of the opposite sort make headlines: a woman who doesn’t know she’s pregnant gives birth. Earlier this month, a 44-year-old Michigan woman arrived at a hospital thinking she had a hernia then delive…

Unaware She Was Pregnant, Woman Delivers 10-Pound Baby

Unaware She Was Pregnant, Woman Delivers 10-Pound Baby

Comstock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, Mich.) — A woman who said she didn’t know she was pregnant arrived at the hospital and, hours later, delivered a 10-pound baby girl, a Michigan newspaper reported.Linda Ackley, 44, said she thought she had a hernia. …

According to New Study, Alcohol Increases Risk of Cancer Death

According to New Study, Alcohol Increases Risk of Cancer Death

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — According to a new study, drinking alcohol is a major contributor to cancer mortality and costs drinkers years of their lives.
The study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that “alco…

Study Says Public Smoking Bans Help Lower Rate of Premature Births

Study Says Public Smoking Bans Help Lower Rate of Premature Births

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A study published in the British Medical Journal found that the frequency of premature births dropped in Belgium as the result of a public smoking ban.The ban was rolled out in three stages, and after each phase, t…

Prenatal Vitamins a Must for Kate Middleton

Prenatal Vitamins a Must for Kate Middleton

Samir Hussein/WireImage(NEW YORK) — All pregnant women should take a prenatal vitamin, but it’s particularly important for someone like Kate Middleton, who has struggled to keep food down.“Prenatals help to cover any areas of a mommy-to-be…

CDC Says Percentage of Women Who Use Plan B Is Rising

CDC Says Percentage of Women Who Use Plan B Is Rising

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The use of emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill or Plan B, has more than doubled among American women in recent years according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Preve…

At Week 18, Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy Hormones Should Be Easing

At Week 18, Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy Hormones Should Be Easing

LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — The raging hormones that probably made mum-to-be Kate Middleton so tired during her first trimester should have calmed down by now, experts contend. At this point in a pregnancy, hormone levels rise more slowly, w…

Four Facts Every Woman Needs to Know About Heart Disease

Four Facts Every Woman Needs to Know About Heart Disease

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Doctors used to think of heart disease as a man’s problem.  Now they know that it strikes men and women in equal numbers.The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that heart attack, stroke and other car…

Four Facts Every Woman Needs to Know About Heart Disease

Four Facts Every Woman Needs to Know About Heart Disease

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Doctors used to think of heart disease as a man’s problem.  Now they know that it strikes men and women in equal numbers.The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that heart attack, stroke and other car…

Folic Acid Before Pregnancy Linked to Lower Autism Risk, Study Finds

Folic Acid Before Pregnancy Linked to Lower Autism Risk, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Folic acid has been recommended to pregnant women for years, usually as a way to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.But a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found i…

Heart Disease: Women Can Miss the Warning Signs

Heart Disease: Women Can Miss the Warning Signs

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As the number one killer of women, heart disease is a bullet all women must dodge.  But despite the fact that many women have heard this statistic, only one in three of them thinks it applies to us.Knowing the s…

Emotionally Exhausted Women More Sensitive to Sounds, Study Says

Emotionally Exhausted Women More Sensitive to Sounds, Study Says

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study indicates that emotionally exhausted women are much more sensitive to sounds when they are stressed, Health Day reports. Swedish researchers found that even a normal conversation can be painful for some of …

Birth Control Sabotage a Growing Problem, Group Warns

Birth Control Sabotage a Growing Problem, Group Warns

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A leading group of physicians is speaking out against “birth control sabotage,” in which a partner deliberately tries to control a woman’s reproductive choices.In a statement released Wednesday, Dr. Eve Espey of the…

‘Berry’ Good Diets Are Beneficial for Heart Health

‘Berry’ Good Diets Are Beneficial for Heart Health

Photodisc/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Doctors have long advised patients to add helpings of berries to their diets for the antioxidants. Now researchers say berries can be good for the heart.A new study has found that women who eat at least three servings of…

Vitamin D Deficiency May be Tied to Lower Birth Weight, Study Says

Vitamin D Deficiency May be Tied to Lower Birth Weight, Study Says

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study finds that a deficiency in vitamin D may be tied to lower birth weight, Health Day reports. Researchers examined vitamin D levels in blood samples collected from over 2,000 women in the United States who gav…

Vitamin D and Calcium Taken Together Offer No Help for Dementia

Vitamin D and Calcium Taken Together Offer No Help for Dementia

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The latest research into one possible treatment for dementia in women proved to be somewhat disappointing, but experts think it still might hold some promise. Past research has suggested that vitamin D mig…

Girls Who Smoke at Increased Risk of Osteoporosis?

Girls Who Smoke at Increased Risk of Osteoporosis?

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — If you’re a female, and a teenager, and you smoke — you could be setting yourself up for problems that already affect women disproportionately, according to a new study. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes …

Older Women Who Get Steroid Injections for Back Pain May be at Greater Risk for Bone Loss, Study Says

Older Women Who Get Steroid Injections for Back Pain May be at Greater Risk for Bone Loss, Study Says

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A small study suggests that older women who get steroid injections in the spine to treat lower back pain may be at risk for bone loss in their hips, Health Day reports. Although anti-inflammatory steroid medications use…

Older Women Who Get Steroid Injections for Back Pain May be at Greater Risk for Bone Loss, Study Says

Older Women Who Get Steroid Injections for Back Pain May be at Greater Risk for Bone Loss, Study Says

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A small study suggests that older women who get steroid injections in the spine to treat lower back pain may be at risk for bone loss in their hips, Health Day reports. Although anti-inflammatory steroid medications use…

WHO Says Pregnant Women Need Flu Vaccine Most

WHO Says Pregnant Women Need Flu Vaccine Most

Jeffrey Hamilton/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — This flu season, the World Health Organization says pregnant women should be given top priority for flu vaccinations, putting them above the elderly, children and people with chronic health conditions.Pregnant w…

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